|On hiking trip, John Muir trail|
My first run was 7-4-1977 when I logged five miles. I had just graduated high school, had always played sports, and was looking for an outlet since organized activities had come to an end with matriculation. I ran sporadically until January 1978 when I took a jogging glass at Ohio State to fulfill my physical education requirement. There was a 10k road race sponsored by the local paper at quarters end and the class was a great way to prepare.
Once that was accomplished, I entered the Dayton 1/2 marathon October '78, training all summer. To keep myself running through the winter , I entered the April 1, 1079 Athens ( Ohio ) marathon, finishing in , despite a long run of 16 miles. It was at the finish line that I decided that 26.2 miles was not that difficult and resolved to run 50 miles. Two friends and I decided to run 25 miles from town and return before we discovered an open ended endurance event in town. Together we three ran 52 miles in April 1981. It was there I discovered Ultrarunning magazine and the world of trail races.
I did the Laurel Highlands Trail 70 miler in June 1982 and followed that with a solo 100 miler for charity, on a track, in July. Years of solid running in the 70-80 miles week range followed. A typical week involved 7 days of running with the occasional two a day. Marathons and Ultras were my preferred events. With the opening of my running store, Frontrunner in February 1987, I retired from competitive running, although I continued to participate in many events.
The mid 90's saw me add the Nordic Track machine to my regimen. I sacrificed a couple running days to accommodate same. As the 2000's dawned I added the Concept 2 rower to the mix. Thus, I have migrated to a four day running week, typically no run shorter than 10 miles, and three days of other activities. A handful of days will see a double still. I also play Ice Hockey one or twice weekly and do 3 light weight workouts.
100,000 miles was breached through a trail 15 miler with good friends Mike Taylor and Bill Weston 9-4-13. I have since sold the store and retired to a life of reading, sweating, and volunteering. Current (2-7-17) totals show 105,012 miles run, 10,239 Nordic Track miles, and 9263 on the rower.
In addition to the 100,000 milestone, I set a goal to complete each 100 marathons and 100 ultra marathons. The Marathon goal was surpassed some years back and now totals 119. Ultra #100 was a 100 miler in November 2015. That total now stands at 105, with 35 of them being 100 miler, or longer.
144 HOUR-401 MILES